Around the turn of the twentieth century, handy pins served as a way to secure articles of clothing much like a safety pin and often functioned as the equivalent of the button.
According to the book How to Make Jewelry handy pins were described as follows:
The elongated pins, under their various titles: Bib, Handy, Waist, Collar, Dress, Belt, Girdle, Veil and Automobile pins, are, in conjunction with the collar button and links, the most useful article of jewelry made to-day; anything new and strikingly original will always find a ready sale.1
Quoting from Peace Year Catalogue 1919-1920:
Handy and Baby Pins – Handy to have and pretty to wear. These pins are attractively finished and will give good service.2
- Overton, George S. How to Make Jewelry: Practical Instructions From a Practical Manufacturing Jeweler. Providence, RI, Walter B. Frost & Co. 1914.
- Smith & Sons, W.A. Peace Year Catalogue 1919-1920. Guelph, Ont.
- How to Make Jewelry p. 17
- Peace Year Catalogue p. 11